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Microlight aircraft crash to be investigated

Sadly the sole occupant of the microlight, the male pilot, was confirmed dead at the scene. He has yet to be formally identified.

Specially-trained officers will be supporting the man's family and our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.

No one else was involved in the incident.

A detailed investigation into the circumstances of the collision will be carried out by colleagues from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch.

– Staffordshire Police

Man dies after microlight aircraft crash

A pilot died following a microlight aircraft crash, West Midlands Ambulance Service said.

The incident happened in a field near Bridgnorth Road, Stourton, near Stourbridge, at around 5.55pm.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a microlight aircraft that is believed to have been in collision with pylons and crashed into a field.

“Advanced life support was carried out on the man who was piloting the microlight, but unfortunately despite the best efforts of medics, nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.”

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Newborn baby killed in two-car motorway collision

An 11-day-old baby boy has died after the car he was travelling in collided with another car on the M6 near Cannock, Staffordshire Police said.

His mother and two more of her children, a girl aged four and an 18 month old boy, were also taken to hospital following the crash yesterday but were later discharged with minor injuries.

The crash happened on the southbound carriageway of the M6 between the two slip roads for Hilton Services near Cannock.

It involved a grey Seat Leon and a silver Mercedes C-Class.

Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101.

Who are the Bevin Boys?

  • When Britain declared war in 1939, thousands of experienced miners left the mines to join the armed services or transfer to higher-paid "war industries".
  • By the summer of 1943 more than 36,000 men had left the coal industry and the Government decided it needed around 40,000 men to take their places.
  • Labour and National Service Minister Ernest Bevin devised a scheme whereby a ballot put a proportion of conscripts into the collieries rather than the armed services.
  • Alongside the ballotees were also men who volunteered for service in the coal mines rather than military.
  • Between 1943 and 1948, 48,000 young men were conscripted for National Service Employment in British coal mines - they were known as the Bevin Boys.
  • It is thought around 5,000 miners lost their lives during the war.

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Wartime miners' memorial to be unveiled

A memorial will be dedicated to the Bevin Boys. Credit: PA Wire

A memorial will be dedicated to thousands of men, known as the Bevin Boys, who worked in British coal mines during the Second World War.

The memorial at the National Arboretum, Staffordshire, is designed by Harry Parkes, a former Bevin Boy, and features four blocks of Kilkenny limestone.

One features an engraving of the emblem of the Memorial Campaign along with the words: "We also served 1943 - 1948".

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Thousands march to save Stafford Hospital

Protesters say they fear the cuts will lead to losses of life and will put other local hospitals under strain

Thousands of people have taken to the streets in Stafford to protest over threatened cutbacks to acute services at Stafford Hospital. Protesters say they fear the cuts will lead to losses of life and will put other local hospitals under strain.

The Market Square was filled with thousands protesters

Protesters filled the Market Square and many surrounding streets, they marched to the hospital approximately one mile away.

For years Stafford has faced criticism over poor standards of care, which has been blamed for hundreds of patient deaths.

Marchers say that lives will be put at risk if the hospital loses some of its services

But marchers say the hospital has greatly improved and the threat of acute services being moved elsewhere will leave people in the town in danger.

Stafford Hospital can be seen with thousands of protesters gathered in the grounds

The hospital is currently in special administration the administrators say they are aware of the strength of feeling locally and are setting up public meetings to hear people's views.

Thousands gathered at Stafford Hospital as part of a march to save Stafford Hospital hospital
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Thousands gather for Stafford Hospital march

Thousands gathering in the centre of Stafford Credit: ITV News Central

Thousands of local people have arrived in Stafford today to march in support of Stafford Hospital.

The march starts from Stafford Market square at 14:30. It has been organised by a community group, with the support of local MPs and Stafford Borough Council.

People of all ages gather in support of Stafford Hospital Credit: ITV News Central
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